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    November 30. Susan, Christine and I saw two of three new Italian plays at the Cherry Lane theatre. I actually thought I had booked the third offer which was a Pirandello revival but we were all glad that we did not miss “The Journey I Never made” and “Story of Love and Soccer”. Both excellently translated and powerfully acted. The first is a thought provoking and somewhat unsettling portrayal of the current social turmoil and the second is modern thriller about corrupt sport and the triumph of evil over good. We were able to chat with one of the actors about the plays after the show. Before the show we ate lobster and oysters at the  “Fish” restaurant which was only two blocks from the theatre!

     

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Frogs

In between hospital visits, I wandered over to the Natural History Museum to look at the Frog exhibition–A timely exhibit because, what with gourmets consuming their legs at an unsustainable rate and the destruction of their habitats, frogs are a fast diminishing organism.

For the most part the frogs, free to hop and skip in authentic-looking miniature habitats,  are tiny, fluorescently coloured and bizarrely patterned–this kind is also deadly. Forrest hunters used to dip the tips of their darts in the poison taken from the frog’s skin so as to ensure a kill wherever the prey was hit. They were very careful to cook the meat well before eating it, though!

But not all. There are displayed some big ugly ones as well.

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The newly-cleaned façade of the AMNH

Frogs come in all kinds of shapes and sizes

Frogs come in all kinds of shapes and sizes

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